Qraft Technologies, an AI fintech startup, announced on the 29th that it has successfully attracted an investment of 10 billion won ($9 million) from Smilegate and Korea Development Bank (KDB), with each investing $4.5million. They now have a cumulative investment of 20.6 billion won and are planning to boost their R&D and expand their global sales and marketing activities. They have also established a Hong Kong subsidiary in January of this year and are actively planning to expand their business abroad.
Qraft’s AI technology minimizes the cost inefficiencies in asset management and maximizes the efficiency of investment. They are redefining the value chain of AI robo-advisor – AI fund management - AI execution system in the asset management field through AI based deep learning and machine learning technology.
Their AI based order execution system technology provides more efficient prices in comparison to the actual market, and this technology was publicly proven through an open dealing competition with institutional traders. The technology is currently being used by Korean institutions.
Qraft has collaborated with over 20 financial institutions and big tech companies to date, and is expanding the scope of solutions based on experience and know-how. In addition, since 2019, a total of four U.S. stock ETFs (codenamed'QRFT','AMOM','HDIV', and'NVQ') have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Riiid, a leading AI education solutions startup and a member company of the Born2Global Centre, has successfully secured a USD 41.8 million pre-Series D funding round. The round includes investment from state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), NVESTOR, Intervest as well as from an existing investor IMM Investment, bringing Riiid's total funding to date to USD 70.2 million. The funding represents another major milestone for the company, highlighting its more than 200 percent annual sales growth and adding over a million cumulative users since 2017. Riiid has been an active member company of the Born2Global Centre since 2016.
Riiid, based in Korea, offers Santa, a mobile test prep application for the popular English proficiency exam, Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). Santa, which has been used by more than a million students in Korea and Japan, reached No. 1 in sales among education apps in Japan and Korea. Riiid's proprietary AI technology analyzes student data and content, predicts scores and user behavior, and recommends personalized study plans in real-time to help students optimize their learning potential.
Santa has proven the efficacy of Riiid's technology and the company is now focused on providing back-end solutions for companies, school districts and education ministries around the world for a wide range of new learning applications.
YJ Jang, Riiid's CEO, said, "Riiid successfully completed domestic funding amid a slower investment environment due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and has made significant progress in negotiating with overseas financial investors to accelerate global expansion." He also added "Riiid is already in the process of forming various global partnerships based on its verified AI technology in both academic and commercial markets, and will soon unveil new products and services. We are committed to creating a future for education beyond our imagination through in-depth R&D and commercialization of technology."
The funding will be used to advance Riiid's proprietary deep learning technology that offers personalized test-prep solutions based on precise data diagnosis. The company will also work on providing a 'formative learning' support solution to the education market, helping achieve learning objectives through continuous evaluation and feedback on performance in the entire learning process rather than preparing for specific tests. Ultimately, the new financing will help accelerate the company's global expansion across the U.S., South America, Middle East and beyond. To support the effort, Riiid Labs, the global arm of Riiid, has been established in Silicon Valley to solidify the company's position as an AI technology company in the global education market.
"Riiid is establishing a global standard while defining valid technologies and leading researches in the field of AI EdTech," said Jay Jeon, Intervest's Director. He added, "At a time when the need for effective remote learning solutions is expanding not only in the education market but also in various industries, the investment was made highly valuing the marketability of Riiid's proven business model in Santa, excellent talent pool, and various global partnerships that are underway based on a scalable technology structure."
Striving for technology leadership, Riiid continues to research AI technology trends and publish papers at top AI conferences including Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurlPS), the International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU), and others. In early 2020, Riiid launched EdNet, the world's largest open database for AI education to solidify global tech and industry leadership. The company has applied for 70 domestic and international patents, 17 of which are registered.